Extra Credit Blog

From the focus of “the collision of morality, culture, and human rights,” what interest me is how each of us have different viewpoints or perspectives. We went through a lot of discussion, and each time some of us have different perspective sometimes total opposite of each others. This interest me because it is nice to learn about other people’s perspective. I really like when we focus on the topic of human rights because it’s when we get to do discussions based on the topics we get. That was a good chance or us to show our viewpoint and goes through many problems in the world. This also also reminded me of respecting other people’s opinion because during this, there’s a lot of opposite comments. I always try to remind myself to argue with limits because during discussion, it is very easy to cross that line. Personally I don’t like when some people are sometimes going too much on my viewpoints, so I will try to respect everyone like what I want to be treated.

In the focus of culture during the Good Earth discussions, I see how a lot of people can relate to my experiences. There’s a lot of Asians in the class and a lot of those are Thai-Chinese. It was very fun to exchange culture values because even though we are technically the same race, but we still grow up differently. I really like listening to foreigners especially westerners because I want to know their viewpoints. There’s distinct characteristics between Westerners and Asians and I really want to know what make them different.

Childhood rebellion

In my opinion, childhood rebellion relates to understanding. It always start with not understanding and then the only thing teenagers can do is go against it. In the perspective of a teenager, I think parents and the kid doesn’t have the same perspective when they look at the same thing. I can be 100% sure that everyone at least once has to disagree with something your parents say. It is because they were raised in different point of views, different environments, different time period, and much more. They are basically thinking in their perspective. When they compare us to their childhood and how they grow up, it always causes problems because it is not the same. They always put us in the perspective of kids 40 or 50 years ago, and the world are changing. My parents always say ” when I was your age….,” and that annoyed me so much because their teenage life is not the same as mine .This is like the Good Earth, it is not wrong that Wang Lung’s son can’t see the worth of keeping the land and suggest to sell them because in their time, lands are not as important as the time of Wang Lung.

In our society, especially asians, adult think that they are always right because they are old and they have lived in the world for so long. Childhood rebellion will be avoidable if adult stop using this excuse to win an argument. I don’t disagree that you have more experience than me, but the point is you cannot understand some of my point because you are not me. I know that sometimes they warn us or stop us because they are worried about us, but sometimes it is too much. For example, my family are very against wearing cloths that show too much body parts. They always complain every time they see someone wearing shorts or something appealing. So you can guess, I cannot wear short short, yes I cannot. They think that girls that wear those cloths are bad girls or play girls, which is not true. I mean if we only look at this topic, then girls in the whole world are mostly bad. I know that they care about my security, but this is a trend right now and it’s ok to wear it.

How hard it is to find

How hard it is to find

that person with the right mind

Who has the personality that’s actually kind

Who can be my partner in crime

Who does everything like a name signed

Who always put me on a shrine

Hopefully I’ll find the right guy

My poem is call “How hard it is to find,” and it’s inspired by Rumi’s topic of beauty and love. I relate the “beauty” mentioned in Rumi’s poem as the worth of women. In our world today, it is very hard to find a partner that’s actually good from the soul. Some men can be evil and disrespect the women, and some of those men realise the worth after they are being divorced or whatsoever. Most of the time, they will realise the beauty or the worth when it’s too late..So in conclusion when there’s beauty that you actually recognised , there will be love.

Rumi’s poetry

All through eternity

All through eternity

Beauty unveils His exquisite form

in the solitude of nothingness;

He holds a mirror to His Face

and beholds His own beauty.

he is the knower and the known,

the seer and the seen;

No eye but His own

has ever looked upon this Universe.

His every quality finds an expression:

Eternity becomes the verdant field of Time and Space;

Love, the life-giving garden of this world.

Every branch and leaf and fruit

Reveals an aspect of His perfection-

They cypress give hint of His majesty,

The rose gives tidings of His beauty.

Whenever Beauty looks,

Love is also there;

Whenever beauty shows a rosy cheek

Love lights Her fire from that flame.

When beauty dwells in the dark folds of night

Love comes and finds a heart

entangled in tresses.

Beauty and Love are as body and soul.

Beauty is the mine, Love is the diamond.

They have together

since the beginning of time-

Side by side, step by step.

“All through eternity” is the poem that links beauty and love together. It is basically saying that in every step of life, this two things go together. This poem talks about the fact that there’s beauty in beauty and there’s love along side. For example, when you actually discovered someone’s true beauty, you’ll be in love with that person no matter what type of the relationship is. This might also be a poem that relates to God because the poem mentioned that “He holds a mirror to His Face and beholds His own beauty. he is the knower and the known,” and it also talks about eternity which God is eternal.

In this poem the writer repeat a lot of the same pattern. It will start with the word when or whenever and followed by beauty is this, so love is this. For example, “Whenever beauty shows a rosy cheek, Love lights Her fire from that flame,” and it repeats this a couple of times.

Culture and Morality

when we talk about the context of culture and morality, I think it’s more about your opinion. These things developed through different environment and actions, so it cannot be discussed as a right or a wrong thing. When we judge others’ culture or morality, it’s more like we are judging them based on how we grow up. How we grew up will impact what we think about others. It will make us think that what we follow or believe is the only truth. It’s not wrong that someone did something that we think it’s wrong. They might grew up in a circumstance that that particular action is right. And I think it’s better to tell them straight ahead that we think it’s wrong and help them fix it.

From my own experience, people around me concern about how people dress up. I grew up in the culture that wearing shorts or showing too much skin cloths are inappropriate. However, compare to American society, they are opened and kids around my age have freedom to wear whatever they want. Growing up differently doesn’t make me have the rights to judge that those Americans who expose too much are bad. It’s just we have different culture that we have to practice.

Human rights‼️🙋🏻‍♀️

Human rights is the very sensitive problem to talk in today’s society. In my opinion, the most important human rights is the freedom of opinion because each person has different aspect of the same situation. It is very important to respect other people’s opinion. People have to understand that everyone who disagree with your opinion is not bad, they just have their own thoughts that’s not the same as yours. We can see this problem happens a lot right now especially about the politics of a lot of countries. For example, right now some Thais start to go against some company or community just because their political views are not the same as them. I think this is a serious problem because it really feel bad getting pressured by others to agree with them when we should have your own opinions.

I think the hardest to fully ensure are the human rights as a whole. From what I’ve seen and learned, these human rights doesn’t change much from the past. Maybe it is changing, but it is walking in a very slow pace. Every year we will hear news that some group of people start protesting about different topics of human rights, but it never actually change much. I don’t think any of the human rights are easy to fully ensure because I cannot see any progress on ay of them. For example, in American right now, they are protesting about black lives. I think it is good to call out and inform people about this situation, but how many times that this type of protest happened. I think thousands or even more. To be honest, I don’t think any of us will ever get a fully ensure human rights. No matter how hard we try to try fixing the broken bucket, the water will eventually leak from a hole.

Seeking Eternal life

O moon, are you now descending into the Western Land?
Please carry with you my message
And set it before the Eternal One.
Tell How there is one who lifts her eyes,
And joins her palms before Amitabha in prayer
That she might enter Paradise,
That she may now leave this body behind,
Fulfill all vows and enter Paradise.

This is one of the typical hyangga poems, and it talks about a person talking to the moon asking it to deliver his message to his love one that already past away. He asked if she has someone taking care of her and if she’s doing fine. Lastly he now said that she can leave this world behind and enter paradise. The tone of this poem is more gloomy, release, and pensive. An example of personification would be talking to the moon because moon can’t actually listen or talk to us.

This passage reflects the typical Asian culture because most Asians believe that there’s after life after death. The whole poem talks about a guy asking if his lover is doing fine in the after life. Some family will always tell their grandchildren that your ancestor is watching you from the heaven.

Senior year🎓

This is my last year in high school. I am excited and also stressed about my college application. It’s been a hard year since the beginning because of the pandemic situation that happened around the world. It made all my plans shift behind, and there’s a lot to get through with limited amount of time available. I want to tell myself in the near future when I get into university that you did great and you’ve past beginning of the hardship of your life. I really want myself to get into a university that I want and finish my last year here with happiness.

The highlights of senior year are carnival, senior trips, and doing the “last” thing before leaving. After covid-19 everything that I’ve planned changed completely. Carnival moved up so much that everyone is panicking about everything. There are many problems managing this big event in short amount of time. The past seniors managed their carnivals really well and it’s so well that I feel bad about ours. I’m also scared that we might not be able to go to seniors trip if the situation is not better. This year I might not be able to do my “last” things here: last eagles camp, last lock in, last BISAC, and more.

This year I panned that I’ll take every course that I really want to join because I only focus on the core subject for the past years of high school. I really want to get into theatre tech this year, and joining this requires staying in very late for rehearsal. It’s going to be hard for me managing time, but I still want to join because this is my one and only chance to join. I think if i look back in another 6 years, I wouldn’t regret taking this at all. My main goal this year is to enjoy my last moments here because who knows… I might never get a chance to gather up as class of 2021 ever again.

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